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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer | April 19, 1995
Two shootings claimed the lives of a teen-ager and a man yesterday in West Baltimore, and the unrelated slayings about a half-hour apart kept police busy along the Monroe Street corridor.About 3:15 p.m., officers rushed to the 1800 block of W. Lanvale St., where they found the body of Leonard Tyler, 17, of the 1900 block of McCulloh St. in an alley across from a playground. Twenty minutes later, they arrested a 19-year-old suspect 10 blocks away.At 3:50 p.m., officers responding to another shooting in the 1900 block of W. North Ave. found the body of Jarran Foster, 30, of the first block of Stonemark Court in Owings Mills.
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
Baltimore has received a $1.1 million federal grant to create a plan for the reconstruction or revitalization of Hanover Street's Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge and other parts of the busy South Baltimore corridor, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The project is one of 72 nationwide that will receive funding under the federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program for 2014, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Friday. Earlier this week, Sens.
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By BRADLEY OLSON and BRADLEY OLSON,SUN REPORTER | February 10, 2006
Two Annapolis city council members are seeking to limit the density of developments along the outer West Street corridor, where major office and residential projects are fast overshadowing older homes and storefronts. Prompted by concerns that the thoroughfare is being overdeveloped, Aldermen Josh Cohen and Samuel E. Shropshire have proposed an ordinance that will seek to limit the density of multifamily developments to 35 units per acre, a 20 percent reduction from current standards. This latest proposal comes as two major projects begin to take shape at West Street and Spa Road: a headquarters for Severn Savings Bank, and the $200 million Park Place development, which will include a Westin Hotel, offices, condominiums and shops.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2011
Walid Hajj is happy he followed his instincts and bought an incomplete condo redevelopment in Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood last fall. Within three days of advertising the building's 13 newly redeveloped apartments this month, Hajj had rented all but four. And prospective tenants kept on calling to tour the century-old former school on West Chase Street. While the building's previous owner struggled to sell units amid the housing market downturn, the timing was better for Hajj, a partner in a company that bought the property in October.
BUSINESS
By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | June 4, 2004
Charles Street, a pivotal centerpiece in efforts to revitalize Baltimore's urban core, is looking more and more successful these days. Five newly opened businesses on the street are offering customers everything from sushi to sandalwood and rare books. "We're getting a good balance of retail and restaurants," said Rebecca Gagalis, executive director of Charles Street Development Corp. "All have said they're aware of the progress on Charles Street and that played a role in their decision.
NEWS
June 29, 1998
SINCE the flagship department stores deserted Howard Street, beginning in the 1970s, Baltimore's own Fifth Avenue has been struggling. It may never again thrive as a retail hub. But it does have potential for revitalization.The area has superb transit and highway connections. And its location -- close to the downtown business district, the Inner Harbor and the University of Maryland professional schools and medical institutions -- is unbeatable.A new master plan bankrolled by the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, the area's major real estate owner, outlines a 10-year strategy to renew the Howard Street corridor.
NEWS
November 15, 2001
AMID THE BAD news and uncertainty, it's easy to overlook signs of a fundamental change in downtown development: For the first time in decades, a flurry of construction activity is taking place north of Baltimore Street, along the Calvert Street corridor. Most encouraging is the mix of intended uses. Mercy Hospital's $110 million expansion plan includes a new seven-story outpatient center and an 800-car garage to be built on currently vacant lots. But while those additions will take five years to complete, several other projects are already under way in the vicinity: The Munsey Building, near the Court House complex at Fayette Street, is being converted into 150 apartments.
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March 16, 2004
An article published Friday in the Carroll edition of The Sun about an excessive-force complaint filed against the Westminster Police Department and the Carroll County Sheriff's Office inadvertently omitted a comment by John Lewis, president of the Carroll County chapter of the NAACP, who said his organization had received complaints about police harassing people. "There have been some people I've talked to in the area - the Charles Street corridor - who say that drug activity is evident in the area," Lewis said.
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By Dan Thanh Dang and Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF | May 3, 1996
The Annapolis Planning Commission voted, 6-0, last night to recommend approval of a McDonald's restaurant to be located in a vacant building at 38 West St.Robert Velko, the owner of the building, flew in from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to plead with the commission to approve the restaurant.He said the building has been vacant for more than three years and there have been no serious offers from any potential tenants.Mr. Velko said that he's spending a lot of money to maintain a vacant building, but that would change if he has a tenant.
NEWS
April 18, 1995
A crane has finally delivered the long-awaited "koban" to the corner of West Lexington and North Howard streets, a block east of Lexington Market.In a few weeks, that Japanese-inspired 8-by-12-foot blue box will be activated as a new police substation. If the concept works, similar substations may crop up in such places as the Inner Harbor and Fells Point.It is instructive to consider how the city police ended up erecting this free-standing box in the middle of the pedestrian Lexington Mall.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2010
Kenneth J. Clark Jr., who was decorated with a Bronze Star during his 14-year career as a Baltimore police officer, died of brain cancer Sunday at his Jarrettsville home. He was 47. Born in Baltimore and raised in the Middlesex section of Baltimore County, he was a 1981 Kenwood High School graduate. As a young man, he became a certified master auto mechanic and worked at Archway Ford in Reisterstown. A restorer and rebuilder of racing cars, he owned Mustangs, Chevy Novas and Chevelles over the years.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com | October 21, 2009
A year after the Johns Hopkins University implemented an electronic gunshot detection system around its campus, Baltimore police are trying out the technology in an area where it is likely to be more regularly put to use. Sheryl Goldstein, director of the Mayor's Office on Criminal Justice, confirmed that police have recently begun testing a single gunshot sensor in East Baltimore. Dispatchers have been overheard on a city police scanner recently alerting officers to possible gunshot detections along the high-crime Monument Street corridor, though the precise location of the sensor is unclear.
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By Nia-Malika Henderson and Nia-Malika Henderson,sun reporter | December 20, 2006
Annapolis' sophistication quotient could get a boost this summer if legislation proposed by a city alderman to permit wine bars is passed early next year. Alderman Richard Israel, who represents the historic district, has introduced a bill that would establish a new liquor license category for the sale of wine in a coffee shop-style environment. Emmy Harbo, who is seeking to open the Purple Tooth with her partner, Maureen Fallon, said yesterday that such a venue would improve the city's image.
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By BRADLEY OLSON and BRADLEY OLSON,SUN REPORTER | February 10, 2006
Two Annapolis city council members are seeking to limit the density of developments along the outer West Street corridor, where major office and residential projects are fast overshadowing older homes and storefronts. Prompted by concerns that the thoroughfare is being overdeveloped, Aldermen Josh Cohen and Samuel E. Shropshire have proposed an ordinance that will seek to limit the density of multifamily developments to 35 units per acre, a 20 percent reduction from current standards. This latest proposal comes as two major projects begin to take shape at West Street and Spa Road: a headquarters for Severn Savings Bank, and the $200 million Park Place development, which will include a Westin Hotel, offices, condominiums and shops.
NEWS
October 9, 2005
ISSUE: The Annapolis city council is weighing zoning changes for the West Street corridor east of Spa Road. City planners have recommended restricting the height and size of new buildings, limiting the distribution of liquor licenses that are effective until 2 a.m. and regulating demolition of buildings. Some neighborhood residents say building heights need to be reduced to keep the community from being overwhelmed. Some property owners and investors say that would penalize them after they stuck it out along a once-downtrodden strip.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | June 8, 2005
It's a turnaround tale that some city dwellers found unlikely, at least in the beginning. West Street in downtown Annapolis, sometimes seen as a poor stepsister to the town's Main Street, has lately looked like Cinderella, spurring investor optimism and inspiring a beautification scheme. The latest change: a hip-looking shopping village that's sprung up, using the facades or structures of five blighted houses that line the stretch next to the new Knighton parking garage. A glass tower connects the sections that were separated because of decay.
NEWS
March 18, 1999
LITTLE BY LITTLE, revitalization of the corridor between Howard Street and the University of Maryland's downtown campus is taking off. Plans are ready, enabling legislation is on the table and the Weinberg Foundation has made a $71 million equity proposal. Now comes a pledge from NationsBank to commit $100 million to the efforts.NationsBank's move is a challenge to other private-sector lenders to recognize the area's redevelopment potential. "We want every investment and real estate company, banking and legislative unit to think this is really going to happen," says John Morton III, president of the NationsBank Mid-Atlantic Banking Group.
NEWS
March 31, 1994
There is no finer example of a Victorian industrial structure in Baltimore City than the old American Building in the 1700 block of Gay Street. Standing on a hill, this temple of Bacchus rises over the surrounding rowhouse community like a magical storybook castle.After years of vandalism and false starts, the badly decayed American Brewery complex finally seems destined for renovation.Using a combination of city loans, state and federal grants as well as historic tax credits, the Council for Economic and Business Opportunity is in the process of putting together a $1.5 million package to turn the bottling wing into a flexible manufacturing center for light industrial business.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | February 2, 2005
In the latest sign of an upscale housing boom near downtown Annapolis, a third market-rate residential project is slated to be built a short walk from the historic district. Madison Homes Inc., based in McLean, Va., has acquired a long-vacant lot in the 200 block of West St. and plans to build a five-story residential and retail brick building on the property, said Russell Rosenberger, a principal leading the project. The lot, where the Capital newspaper building once stood, is just less than 2 acres.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | February 2, 2005
In the latest sign of an upscale housing boom near downtown Annapolis, a third market-rate residential project is slated to be built a short walk from the historic district. Madison Homes Inc., based in McLean, Va., has acquired a long-vacant lot in the 200 block of West St. and plans to build a five-story residential and retail brick building on the property, said Russell Rosenberger, a principal leading the project. The lot, where the Capital newspaper building once stood, is just less than 2 acres.
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